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Useful application of recycled materials

By experimenting with recycled water bottles as material for internal components, Océ discovered the drivers and barriers to using recycled plastic in manufacturing

varioprint 135 circular economy

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Netherlands

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In designing the varioPrint 135, Océ partnered with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Philips to experiment with the use of recycled plastic in the production of industrial printers. Building on Océ's adoption of longevity and reuse principles in design, the company has made a further step towards circular economy and succeeded in developing an internal component that contains at least 30% post-consumer recycled polycarbonate from used 5 gallon water bottles.

Ballymun's boiler house is now a 3D textbook on reuse

Rediscovery Centre

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Ireland

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When Dublin's Ballymun suburb was scheduled for regeneration, a local environmental project redeveloped the neighbourhood's heating plant into a 3D textbook on repair, reuse and refurbish. The Rediscovery Centre, housed in the old boiler house, is now a cutting-edge creative space connecting people, resources and ideas that includes four social enterprises.

Beyond simple recycling with Tarkett ReStart program

Circular economy at Tarkett's

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EU, Luxembourg, Other (World)

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Tarkett, a world-wide leader of innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, has introduced a take-back Restart® program in Europe and North America to collect flooring, which then is sorted and selected as a source of quality raw materials to be used in Tarkett's own production process.

Luxembourg at the forefront of WEEE processing in Europe

Management of WEEE

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Luxembourg

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Ecotrel is the waste electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) recycling association for all of Luxembourg which has recently launched a "circularity and solidarity cluster" of business and social enterprises. These take back WEEE in order to re-use, disassemble or recycle it, and also to delete the personal data still stored in electronic waste.

Van Hulley upcycles worn shirts into boxershorts

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Van Hulley is a Dutch SME that upcycles worn-out shirts into boxershorts, employing disadvantaged women as seamstresses every year and training them to join the labour market more permanently.

Infinited Fiber turns cotton rich textile waste into new fibers, infinitely

Infinited Fiber yarn

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Finland

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Infinited Fiber has developed a process technology that can turn cotton rich textile waste into new fibers for the textile industry. Not just once, but infinitely. Infinited Fiber can be recycled again and again without decreasing the quality of the fiber.

MéGO! (France): from cigarette stubs to plastic secondary raw material

Collecting and recycling cigarettes' stubs

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France

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8 millions of cigarette stubs are generated each minute in the world, and 66% of them currently end up in the environment, where they take up to 15 years to decompose. In addition, chemical components in cigarette filters generate residual pollution.

MéGO! offers a pragmatic answer with a service for collecting, sorting and recycling cigarette stubs. 

Re:newcell dissolves natural fibers into biodegradable pulp

renewcell diagram

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Sweden

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Re:newcell's technology dissolves used cotton and other natural fibers into a new, biodegradable raw material, re:newcell pulp. It can be turned into textile fiber, be fed into the textile production cycle and meet industry specifications. This is the link that has been missing from the cycle, as the way fashion is produced and consumed can finally be transformed into a never-ending loop.

Unique wristbands that reduce 'ghostfishing'

Bracenet adriatic sea bracelet from discarded fishing nets

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Bracenet collects discarded fishing nets, sends these to Norway to have them turned into fabric and then produces unique wristbands in workshops that provide employment opportunities to disabled persons.

Klättermusen makes outdoor clothing and backpacks from recycled polyamide and polyester

klateermusen recycled polyamide backpack

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Sweden

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Klättermusen is a Swedish outdoor clothing company producing waterproof jackets, pants and backpacks made at least partly from recycled polyamide. The polyamide is created from post-industrial waste including packaging materials from factories, old carpets as well as discarded industrial fishing nets.

ECOALF makes swimwear and jackets from PET and recycled polyester

Ecoalf

ECOALF is a Spanish fashion company with a sustainable profile. ECOALF makes swimwear from 100 % recycled fabrics made from PET and recycled polyester.

Shoemaker Andrea Verdura turns fishing nets into fashion statements

Verdura's Woman Boot made with recycled fishing net

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Italy

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Andrea Verdura uses different eco-friendly materials to craft stylish, comfortable footwear for women, men and kids. One of the materials used in the footwear are recycled fishing nets.

Kalundborg Symbiosis: six decades of a circular approach to production

logo of Kalundborg industrial symbiosis

Kalundborg Symbiosis is a partnership between nine public and private companies in Kalundborg, Denmark.

Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland, leads the way towards a carbon neutral society

Picture of Aanekoski bioproduct mill

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Finland

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Metsä Group built the first next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland – the largest investment of the European forest industry with the value of EUR 1.2 billion. The new mill, which began operations in the third quarter of 2017, leads the industry to a new era of resource efficiency through operating completely with no fossil fuels or fossil CO2 emissions. This makes it the most energy-efficient pulp mill in the world, utilising 100% of the production side streams for materials or renewable energy in industrial ecosystem built with partners.

UpCycle City contest - City of Almere

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The municipality of Almere aspires to become a waste-free and energy-neutral city by 2022. The administration wants to bring the business community and knowledge institutes’ innovative power together to enable co-creation in the field of waste management and upcycling in the urban context.

London Waste and Recycling is delivering on the circular economy with stakeholder buy-in

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London is among one the world’s most cosmopolitan and oldest cities, with a history spanning nearly two millennia, and one of the most cosmopolitan. As Britain’s largest city and country’s economic, transportation and cultural capital, over 8 million people live in London. The city is growing fast and its population is predicted to reach over 11 million by 2050. A more flexible and sustainable approach to products, housing, office space and critical infrastructure is crucial to London’s ability to adapt and grow.

Sfridoo enables manufacturers to purchase and sell industrial scraps

Sfridoo

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Italy

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Sfridoo.com is an Italian B2B publishing platform for purchasing and selling scrap materials. Using sharing economy princples to turn the circular economy into a reality, Sfridoo has already enabled more than 100 businesses to recycle and reuse industrial scraps.

Munich develops a secondhand store to kickstart its local circular economy

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Munich has taken its ambitious waste reduction strategy to the next level by developing an innovative reuse lab and shop concept. Its Halle 2 municipal secondhand store not only enables citizens to take responsibility for living more sustainably, it also provides opportunities for job creation, educational programmes and voluntary activities.

Dusseldorf is moving towards sustainable procurement with recycled office paper

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Germany

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As a densely populated and economically powerful urban area, the city of Dusseldorf recognised the challenge of climate change early on and initiated a process of low carbon and zero waste strategy development.

Circular Fashion Policy Lab

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01/05/2018
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Belgium
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Brussels

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On the 24th of May, C&A Foundation, together with Ecopreneur.EU hosted a Circular Fashion Policy Lab in Brussels at the European Economic and Social Committee in context of the Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. The purpose of the event was to bring together representatives from across the fashion industry to discuss what key policy measures could make a meaningful impact to boost the transition to a new green economy.

Bresso:enhancement of biomethane upgrade from sewage sludge by algae valorization

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CAP HOLDING, at the Bresso/Niguarda wastewater plant, has installed two sewage sludge biomethane upgrade plants, one based on membrane technology and the other on zeolite filtration. The ultimate aim of the project is to evaluate the technical feasibility of biomethane production from sewage sludge accordingly to CEN standards.

Do we have waste in 2030? - The role of municipalities in the transition to a circular economy

The purpose of the project has been to highlight the possibilities the municipalities and regions have to accommodate a more circular economy in the future.

Circular Business Models for carpet tiles – Creating a climate fit for life

In 1994, Interface made a public commitment to become restorative by 2020. Since then, nature has been a mentor for Interface on its sustainability journey, driving the organisation to be more circular by applying biomimicry

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In 1994, the carpet tiles company Interface made a public commitment to become restorative by 2020, eliminating any negative impact the company might have. As 2020 approaches and the organisation is on track, working towards 100% renewable energy in production, 100% recycled and biobased materials, having reuse and recycling options available around the globe.

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